Top Links from Issue #161

This issue was published on October 26, 2021

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Most Popular Links

Below are the most popular links from Issue #161 as chosen by our Off-by-none email subscribers. Sign up for the newsletter and help choose the most popular links each week!


Lessons we've learned after burning many thousands thanks to AWS Lambda. Expect no mercy from AWS.
A year ago, we decided to make a transition towards serverless architecture. Our management was very excited about it, and its excitement resulted in many tries and failures for developers(including me).

Back in 2019, when the .dev top-level domain opened, we picked up and quickly parked it, pointing at (or, if you are from the Boston area like me, we "pahked it"). Like a lot of people who buy a .dev domain, we had no idea what we were going to do with it.


Creating AWS Serverless batch processing architectures by James Beswick
This post is written by Reagan Rosario, AWS Solutions Architect and Mark Curtis, Solutions Architect, WWPS. Batch processes are foundational to many organizations and can help process large amounts of information in an efficient and automated way.


Headless CMS with Gatsby on AWS for $0.00 per month
Can you have a website with a CMS on AWS and not pay just for its existence? I looked at Amazon Lightsail, headless WordPress, and Webiny CMS but found none of those suitable. So I choose Prismic – a SaaS headless CMS, and Gatsby to create the site.


Serverless and Microservices Architecture by Isabella Ferreira
Microservices and serverless architectures are one of the hot topics in the cloud-native computing world. While most people think those architectures are similar, they are actually distinct technologies fulfilling different roles in software development.

Honorable Mentions

There are so many great blog posts, tutorials, use cases, and more shared each week by the #serverless community, that picking just a few to feature is really hard. So here are some other honorable mentions chosen by our readers.

CockroachDB Serverless: Build What You Dream, Never Worry About Your Database Again by Nate Stewart
We built CockroachDB so that every developer could have a resilient relational database that can easily scale to meet the requirements of even the most demanding applications.

AWS Lambda Powertools: Idempotency, A Deeper Dive by Michael Walmsley
In an earlier article, I wrote about Making all your APIs Idempotent. I shared why idempotency is essential and introduced the AWS Lambda Powertools for Python, which provides a utility for adding idempotency to your Python built lambdas in a quick and easy to use way.

How To Refactor Serverless Applications The Right Way
Building modern apps is exciting. You get to learn new technology, converse with people in industry that follow the same patterns, and explore new designs every day.

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About the Author

Jeremy is the GM of Serverless Cloud at Serverless, Inc. and an AWS Serverless Hero that has a soft spot for helping people solve problems using serverless. He frequently consults with companies and developers transitioning away from the traditional “server-full” approach. You can find him ranting about serverless on Twitter, in several forums and Slack groups, hosting the Serverless Chats podcast, and at (virtual) conferences around the world.


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